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G-Yacht - Application of GRID Technology for Computational Performance Prediction of Racing Yachts



Premier yacht racing events such as the Americas cup, Volvo Ocean Race and Vendee Globe are now big business and a high technology field. It is the part of the yacht designers to provide the crews with a yacht of the highest possible speed potential over the race course in all wind and sea conditions.The G-Yacht vision is to develop a service to give remote access to yacht CFD and analysis tools via a Web Portal allowing the often globally spread design team members to interact more efficiently and effectively. In order to provide flexibility and cost effective distributed computing the product will encompass Grid technology (such as OGSA) and commodity computing clusters. Grid computing will play a major role in enhancing the speed/accuracy/cost trade off in the CFD solving. Running in parallel with the computational modelling, experimental data can be imported from remote test facilities, as can full scale trials data. The tool will allow the designer to draw direct comparison between different forms of data, thus creating synergy between the three data types in order to accelerate the design process. The Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics (WUMTIA)is the project industrial partner. WUMTIA is an independent facility operating within the University of Southampton as a profit-making entity. WUMTIA is involved with many high profile yacht racing teams with involvement with eight of the 2003 Americas Cup syndicates.

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Centre Industrial
Grant Value: £127,377.00
Start Date: Not specified
End Date: Not specified
Project Status: funded
Funding Agency: Core

Project Members
PIProject Contact
Dr Sandy Wright
Prof Andy Keane
Mr Ben Rogers

Collaborating Organisations
Southampton Regional e-Science Centre
Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics (WUMTIA)

Component(s) Project Develops
Application Services
Problem Solving Environments

Application Area(s) associated with Project
Engineering & Physical


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